This summer my work coordinated a fitness challenge for us employees...we were encouraged to "step it up" and received pedometers...we were put in groups of 5 and each month the group with the most steps won a prize...My team, Flab-U-Less, were steppin' out...but didn't win in any month...but that's ok...we all became more fit! And it was a fitness challenge...we're still waiting the results for the winner of the most weight lost for the 3 months...

I have been working on losing weight since the beginning of the year...well, seriously since the first of the year...I've been trying to lose weight for the last 6 years...but haven't been so serious about it...I am "stepping out" now by showing some of my before pics...and showing you my progress...I went to the doctor for my follow up last Friday and have only 8 more pounds until my goal...see now why I am frustrated with Halloween? I knew I was gaining weight, because I had to get bigger clothes and such...but I didn't realize how much weight I had gained until looking at some pics awhile back...I am excited and truly think that this time it is a "life change". I know what portions are appropriate for me...I now know what being hungry feels like, before I don't think I ever let myself get to that point...I now know when I am full and, get this, I stop eating when I get there...Foods that I used to crave no longer even sound good most of the time...now don't get me wrong...I still love me some chocolate...

The decision/commitment definitely had to happen for this to be successful for me...In case you are wondering how I am doing it...I went to my regular doctor and talked to her about my issues...yes, I do have some issues...we set a goal, she prescribed an appetite suppressant (which I am rarely taking now), and I have monthly follow ups with her...I didn't start my doctor visits until April, but since my highest weight ever last October, I have lost 43 lbs! 35 of which has been since April...

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OK...so I also noticed that I change my hair color a lot...think I'm liking the blondish...thoughts?

7 remarks:

I really like the blondness. I'm so happy for you on the weight loss. I'm getting back on track...not just for health reasons but I feel better about myself and just plain feel better when I eat right and exercise. Exercise is a big key for me. With the amount of things I have pulling at my time, I find myself disregarding me time for exercise. I need to make time. So happy for you.

October 12, 2008 at 11:46 PM  

i like hte blonde...and it hik you look HOT..like a momma rocket

okay, i have no clue hwat that means...please forget i ever said that.

October 13, 2008 at 7:15 AM  

I just wanted to let you know that I am happy for you! I am glad that you have lost the weight and you were encouraging to me to lose weight also! Thanks for being an encourgagment! :)

(oh and I like the blond)

October 13, 2008 at 8:12 AM  

I'm definitely liking the blondeness...it makes you glow...and really sets off those gorgeous green eyes! You're doing fantastic and you look fabulous! Very inspirational!

October 13, 2008 at 10:17 AM  

Congrats on your weight loss and I think you look marvelous!

I need to lose 15 pounds and I am hoping that this time around I can lose it and keep it off. Actually 25 would put me back to my prepreggers weight, but I'm not sure I could ever be the thin again.

October 13, 2008 at 10:43 AM  

Wooohooo on the blondeness! It looks fabulous and you are a gorgeous one!! :) Congrats on the weightloss, too! It took me a year to lose the baby weight, but two years before that I lost 30 lbs. What a struggle, but it was worth it.

Thanks for coming by my blog on Friday! I just got back in town and having a blast visiting everyone! :) LOVE your blog!

~melody~

October 13, 2008 at 5:29 PM  

Love the blonde! and congrats on your continued weight loss!

Happy SITS blogtathon!

October 14, 2008 at 1:24 PM  

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